Lisa Canning loves to tell stories with her creative choices. Sharing her colourful narratives both in front of and behind the camera has made this successful mompreneur into a household name. Her production design has been featured on the W Network’s/HGTV US’ Buying and Selling with the Property Brothers, along with being a featured guest on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show. Mother to seven children, this Toronto interior design expert is big on letting the function of a room guide her style selections. Lisa shares her own story on Blueprints for a Better Life; making design and budgeting tips the heart of her tale.
Partnering with Lisa Canning to help create a modern playroom was an easy fit for our inspired living team. We are excited to share some of her top tips.
Keep the palette black and white. If you already follow Lisa’s work, you will know that this tip may seem strange. Lisa’s world is navigated by colour of every shade. Thinking outside her natural colour palette while also incorporating her love of Scandinavian design, Lisa’s minimalist approach led to something meaningful for her family playroom. Colour, or lack thereof, inspired her to use patterns and shapes throughout. “Think stripes, geometric prints, painterly lines, and high contrast cabinetry.”
Utilize floor to ceiling cabinetry. Lisa admits to having strong opinions on many things. Designing may be her passion, but her family is always top of mind. Keeping things functional while having a place to hide the clutter is why floor-to-ceiling cabinets are what Lisa calls “my secret weapon in playrooms.”
Combining drawers and cabinets allow everyone to have options when tackling an organized mess. Adding special pieces to her design meant incorporating pretty pulls for function while also incorporating mini works of art. Lisa is also big on keeping things on a budget and used laminate flooring because, let’s face it, spills, paint, and markers happen!
Keep the black matte. This is where we completely align with Lisa’s vision. Her monochromatic palette made our Esque® faucet the perfect installation for her playroom sink. What parent wouldn’t agree that having a cleanup space close by provides comfort when allowing messes to happen. Sure, it is practical, but adding a matte black faucet also allows any design fanatic to incorporate a modern touch with Esque and its lush, velvety texture. The Shield Spray® feature also helps avoid splatter when washing up. Since Lisa allowed her kids to help paint her matte black room, we all know this non-splatter feature must have come in real handy, pun intended.
While black matte on your walls may not always be the obvious choice, Lisa’s basement has ceiling to floor windows. All that natural light complemented her choice of paint very nicely. “Keeping things black and white helps the TV to not feel like a major focal point and instead sort of blend into the composition.”
Lisa’s favourite inexpensive element to her finished playroom is the photo wall, which Lisa says makes her smile every time she enters the room. Thoughtful accents such as this are what make us at Delta Inspired Living such big fans of Lisa’s work. Her heart goes into every detail. Tour Lisa’s playroom here and see for yourself why we love partnering with this design queen.
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: Larry Arnal